As a current Cadet I think I'd have the most insight to give to parents. Academically this school is a waste of money. I had a 3.8 in public school and I came to fishburne under the assumption that it would be an elite prep school, however it is quite the opposite. They lower the standards to the point where anyone could get an A (without putting much effort in). In fact most of my school day is spent browsing the internet because I either completed the work within 10 minutes of class or I can tune them out and still get an A with ease. Although pretty much all fms grads get into a 4 year college they are not ready for the course load so if your sending your son here it shouldn't be for academics. With that said the school gives a chance to kids who would have otherwise dropped out of high school. If I were parent I would consider sending my kid to a school like fork union over FM's.
Great experience for the 3 years I attended. The military component helped instill discipline and structure. Small classes were conducive to learning and collaboration. I will absolutely send my kids to FMS when they are of age.
Every year my all girls cotillion has a debutante ball and cadets from a military school are invited. Traditionally, they were from VMI, but this year they were from Fishburne. It was the first time they had ever done something like that and they did outstanding. Their manners and charm was flawless. You would never think that these boys were in high school; they behaved more mature than most college graduates. They were a little shy, but again it was their first time doing something like that, and as soon as conversation was initiated they came off very confident, poised, and charming. I was astonished by the wide variety of places these young men came from- one was from Boston. I have never met anyone under the age of 30 with as much maturity and charm as any individual from their school present. If you live in Virginia and are interested in the aforementioned cotillion, it is Old Dominion Cotillion.
Without a doubt one of the best institutions in America! I have seen first hand how well this school handles day to day operations and how well Cadets do after graduation. An Ivy League high school education to be sure!
I sent my son here for summer session 2011 and I am disappointed. His behavior and confidence improved. However, I sent him here to take Algebra 1 and he received an A. He took Algebra 1 again this school year after receiving an A at Fishburne and he received a D his first semester and still has a D in his second. Math has always been right or wrong... how do you get an A in the summer to get ahead and repeat the class in high school and receive a D. Plus, he really did not improve in his daily organization.. I feel I wasted $4000
I was hopeful that Fishburne would provide my son a structured environment that would encourage him to achieve. Unfortunately, they fell short of my expectations. Some of the teachers communicate well, other do not and think nothing of giving out a poor grade without so much as an email or updating their progress online. They do a poor job of motivating an unmotivated child. During the admissions process and online they promise they can do wonders with helping students turn their grades around. In my experience they fell short of meeting that goal. It is a great school for some, but if your child is unmotivated save your time and the nearly $30,000 in tuition and look elsewhere. Also be aware of their strict "No Refunds Policy". They make you sign a contract that binds you to paying the tuition in full, regardless of your son's progress and if you withdraw him or they dismiss him (as they do several cadets each year) you still owe the money.
As some one how use to work at Fishburne it was a good school but I do not be leave it today, At one time all employees were treated with respect and student were cared about but it all about the money. Parent should look behind the scenes, Make surprise visits to check on your kids, When you have only ( 2) People watching a 180 boys with all the other work they have to do, you are sitting on a time bome.
Excellent Admissions department. Outstanding upgraded website using most advanced technology to expedite application process. Welcoming personnel in admissions that highlights the academy and the quality of educational, social and emotional growth for young men. Highly recommend contacting the Assistant Director of admissions to see for yourself how well he presents the school.
Outstanding! My son is exceptionally bright, test scores to prove this, but never wanted to stand out in another private school. He attended the summer session and wanted to return, he could see what a great environment this was, teachers who care and would challenge him, just what he craved! The teachers, and all the staff (the commandant and up) are always willing to communicate with you. We received a call to tell us just how wonderful his grades were...I have never been called by the Assistant Superintendent to tell me anything until now. This school is worth every penny you spend, the boys mature right before your eyes and are proud of themselves, their school and they learn the skills they need to do well in school and in life.
Not sure what the August 2006 reviewer is talking about. We've sent two sons to Fishburne and the school is first rate. Parental involvement is what you want it to be--with the kids in boarding school it is up to you to take the initiative. Their attitude towards drugs and tobacco is that it is against school policy and they enforce this. Academic achievement is their first priority--Fishburne turned my two sons who were failing in the public schools into National Honor Society scholars with numerous college offers and merit scholarships. Highly recommend Fishburne as a top drawer, traditional college prep school. The lessons they've taught my sons about discipline, honor, commitment and personal motivation will serve them well in the rest of their lives. My sons are far beyond any of their peers in maturity and it's due to Fishburne.
Fishburne is an exceptional small school on all fronts. Turned an F student into an Honor Roll and Honor Society Student, Cadet Leader, and star athelete with multiple scholarship offers; instilled a core value system that has guided many young men to high stations in life. This school turns around lives and is worth every penny!
Lack of communication, between school and parents. No effective drug prevention policy. Casual attitude toward the use of tobacco. Not enough emphasis placed on academic achievement. School is not what it represents itself being.
Top Rate Education. I am a 2000 graduate of Fishburne and owe many thanks to the school and its staff for turning me into such a great person. There were times when it was difficult, but that what forces us to grow. The structure and discipline will mold your son into everything you wish him to be.
Outstanding school. Our son went from failing in the public schools to Distinguished Honor Roll and National Honor Society. We have watched our little boy turn into a fine young man through the caring staff and excellent program at Fishburne.
My son spent two years at Fishburne and graduated. His time there was valuable. Academics were very good, small classes were the norm and he was known as an individual by teachers and staff. He needed the structure Fishburne provided. He went on to college and is still pursuing a degree in film, while working part-time. I would recomend Fishburne for any student needing more structure and attention. Although this is a military school, they do not stiffle artistic or other talents. It's a nice combination and worth the expense.
Fishburne has a lot of outstanding qualities that a young man will need to pick up on and understand in order to step out into everyday life as an adult. Discipline and leadership is well known and very respected at fishburne.
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